Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

10479750Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
PublisherDelacorte Books for Young Readers
Length303 pages
Genera: Fantasy
Subjects: Mermaids, Romance, Revenge
How I obtained the bookLibrary; hardcover


Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans and absorb their positive energy. Usually, they select their victims at random, but this time around, the underwater clan chooses its target for a reason: revenge. They want to kill Jason Hancock, the man they blame for their mother’s death.It’s going to take a concerted effort to lure the aquaphobic Hancock onto the water. Calder’s job is to gain Hancock’s trust by getting close to his family. Relying on his irresistible good looks and charm, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock’s daughter Lily. Easy enough, but Calder screws everything up by falling in love–just as Lily starts to suspect there’s more to the monster-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined, and just as the mermaids threaten to take matters into their own hands, forcing Calder to choose between them and the girl he loves.One thing’s for sure: whatever Calder decides, the outcome won’t be pretty.

I went into Lies Beneath with extremely low expectations and, honestly, in some ways, I was pleasantly surprised. Lies Beneath is not the worst book I’ve ever read, nor the worst book published in 2013 like pretty much everyone was saying. It’s not an exceptionally good book at all, but it’s not a horrible one.

Lies Beneath opens with Calder, a young merman, contemplating abstinence – abstinence from murder that is. The first chapter was beautifully done, alluring and dark. I was immediately sucked in by the tone and by Calder himself. The morally grey Calder definitely appealed to me and I was excited to see what would come next. For much of the book, he did not disappoint.

Calder isn’t a very good evil merman, for a lot of reasons. While he’s got the drive, he fails to deliver. The book is supposedly about him and his sisters trying to get back at the man who killed their mother but he not only manages to fail spectacularly in getting revenge but also falls in love with the daughter of said man. It’s okay Calder, you tried your best.

On the bright side, the romance between Calder and Lily was very well done at first. I liked how they didn’t immediately fall together. Lily is smart, bold, and an overall likable character. She could have done way better than Calder, but hey, whatever floats your boat, Lily.

However, later on, it became kinda off when it went from a cute flirting to a very serious relationship, after a couple of days. As insta-love goes, it wasn’t as bad as I’ve seen but it was uncomfortable, suffice it to say. The plot really started lacking once the romance started, which was incredibly sad because I was really interested in it. Calder’s sisters role was heavily reduced as well. I wasn’t too fond of that. I think the romance was just way too strong. It was overwhelming.

I didn’t have high hopes for this book, but the characters were surprisingly interesting. Calder was a refreshing character in YA lit. We don’t often get to see morally grey characters, and I enjoyed him a lot. Lily was fairly one dimensional, but she wasn’t bad. I’m hoping the next book will fix her flatness. The sisters were really great characters, and I am very disappointed by their small roles in the book.

While Lies Beneath wasn’t a good book, I don’t think it was as bad as everyone says. While the romance wasn’t great, it wasn’t terrible. The plot was pretty interesting when Calder and Lily weren’t too busy with each other. I don’t really recommend to it anyone because, in the end, it falls flat.

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